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Blues Trade Kris Russell To Calgary For Draft Pick

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The Blues have shipped off their extra defenseman to Calgary. Best of luck to Russell.

Dilip Vishwanat

The role of seventh defenseman was always going to come down to Kris Russell or Ian Cole. Cole was a homegrown guy, and he had the edge just based on investment of time. The Blues placed Kris Russell on waivers, to be had for free - so of course he cleared them and then Calgary GM Jay Feaster promptly traded a fifth round pick in the 2014 draft for him.

Feaster has been able to work out a contract extension for Russell, but still, why not get him on waivers when you don't have to give a thing up for him? Good job Doug Armstrong for getting an pick for a guy you wanted to get rid of for free.

Russell had a goal and six assists in 33 games last year, and finished with a +6. The previous season he was a +13, so this isn't a bad deal for Calgary.